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Win98 Installation

By afarah ·
I tried installing win98 over a an already existing version that I had trouble with and couldn't solve. The installation went fine until windows requested to restart the computer. The computer restarted normally, then I got the message "You are in MS Dos mode do you want to switch to windows mode? Y/N". If I answer yes then the computer goes into loop and if I answer no it goes into Dos mode and wouldn't start windows. what could be the problem? And I don't want to format the HDD and make a clean installation.

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by shmaltz In reply to Win98 Installation

try to make a clean installation without formatting to do that:
first make sure that all win98 setup files are coppied to the HDD, then restart the computer in MSDOS mode using a startup disk, at the command prompt type
"c:"
"attrib io.sys -h -r-s"
"del io.sys"
"attrib msdos.sys -h -r -s"
"del msdos.sys"
"del *.*" (make sure you dont have files in the root dir that you might need if you do copy them to a subdir since the above command does net delete files only in the dir you are in)
"cd windows"
"cd system"
"del *.*"
"cd.."
"cd system32"
"del *.*"
"cd.."
"del *.*"
"cd.."
"ren windows oldwin"
"ren prgram~1 oldprg"
"ren mydocu~1 olddoc"
then run setup.exe from the HDD when you are finished installing if you had data inProgram Files you can recover it from the dir called oldprg (only data not programs you will have to reinstall all programrs)then you can delete the dir called oldwin (if you try to delete it before you reinstall windows for some reason the deltree DOSCOMMAND dosnt work on it).

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by shmaltz In reply to Win98 Installation

The command that reads :
"ren prgram~1 oldprg" is a mistake it should read:
"ren progra~1 oldprg"

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